The Aberdeen Wings keep winning, the awards keep coming and their playoff hopes are still alive.
For the second week in a row, the North American Hockey League named an Aberdeen Wing as its Central Division player of the week. This week’s honoree was Peter Krieger, the 19-year-old Minnesotan (Oakdale) who recorded five goals — three game-winners — in three wins for Aberdeen last weekend. Last week’s honoree was Wings goalie Zach Nagelvoort.
The Wings have won six in a row and 12 of their last 16 games since Feb. 1. The Wings have kept their slim hopes for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division alive for the last few weeks. All Minot needs is a win or Aberdeen to get a loss to secure the playoff slot.
With his five goals, Krieger became the Wings’ leading scorer. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder had two goals in a 6-1 win against Coulee Region Thursday; he had the game-winning goal in overtime Friday in the 2-1 win over Bismarck; and he had three goals Saturday in the Wings 4-3 shootout win over Bismarck.
“Peter was great for us this weekend and scored some very timely goals,” Wings head coach Travis Winter said. “He’s been one of our most consistent players and most consistent workers. With his work ethic and ability level, he can be very tough to play against.”